CFOIC’s New Online Guide to Colorado’s Sunshine Laws

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For the first time, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition’s sunshine laws guide is online — searchable and indexed by topic — with links to pertinent statutes and case law.

Find exactly what you’re looking for by scrolling the interactive table of contents. The guide is comprehensive, addressing the questions most frequently asked of CFOIC about the Colorado Open Records Act, the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, the Colorado Open Meetings Law and access to judicial branch records. You’ll also find information on the reporter’s shield law, cameras in the courtroom, juvenile records and proceedings, and some helpful resources for using the federal Freedom of Information Act.

The content has been revised and updated to reflect the latest Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals rulings affecting access to government information and proceedings and important new state laws, such as those impacting the public disclosure of law enforcement body-worn camera footage and internal affairs records.

CFOIC will keep the sunshine laws guide updated and, as always, we will continue to write about open-government and First Amendment issues on our blog.

The guide is free to use. If you find it valuable, please consider making a donation to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on gifts, grants and membership dues. Your donations are tax-deductible.

Paper copies of the 2019 edition of the guide are still available for $2 apiece.

Questions? Email CFOIC’s freedom-of-information hotline.